TDK announces fault tolerant motion sensing product family for industrial applications

  • A family of 6-axis Industrial IMUs offers 1.9 deg/hr gyroscope bias instability, fault tolerance and micro-second accurate time stamping features.
  • Using ultra-low noise sensors, IIM-46234 and IIM-46230 products deliver precise measurements, even in harsh environments.
  • Innovative hardware and software design deliver industry-leading redundancy and early warning capabilities to avoid operational disruption.
  • Factory calibration over entire operating temperature range for offset, sensitivity (scale factor), G-sensitivity and cross-axis sensitivity.


January 7, 2020

TDK Corporation (TSE: 6762) launches a new high performance and fault tolerant InvenSense inertial measurement unit (IMU) family targeted at industrial applications. The new products, IIM-46234 and IIM-46230, include multiple 6-axis sensors, each of which can measure three dimensions of linear acceleration and three dimensions of rotational rate.

With its ability to take precise measurements in harsh environments characterized by the presence of vibration and wide temperature variations, the IIM-4623X product family is applicable to a variety of navigation and stabilization applications including precision agriculture, construction machinery, aerial vehicles and industrial robots. An example application would be a construction vehicle that can combine IIM-4623X measurements with data from a global navigation system, such as GPS, to determine precise position, attitude and motion in real time. Such real-time information is crucial for increased automation, efficiency and safety of mobile industrial machinery. The new family also integrates TDK’s unique SensorFT™ feature for fault tolerance.

“The SensorFT™ feature in IIM-46234 and IIM-46230 combines multi-IMU hardware design with our proprietary fault detection and recovery software to deliver built-in redundancy and early warning capabilities,” said Uday Mudoi, Director of Industrial Marketing at InvenSense, a TDK Group Company. “A system that includes IIM-4623X sensors could provide customers with advanced warnings, enabling preventative maintenance to avoid operational disruption.”

IIM-46234 and IIM-46230 products deliver:

  • Precise measurements enabled by highly accurate and ultra-low noise sensors
  • Factory calibration ensuring that the measurements are reliable over a wide temperature range
  • A microsecond accurate timestamp with all the sensor measurements enabling accurate time transfer with rest of the system

TDK customers can combine the high performance industrial IMU family with the InvenSense Coursa Drive software to deliver a market-ready inertial navigation system (INS) with minimal development cost and resources. In real time, Coursa Drive provides high-rate, 100 Hz delta positions and orientation to the AV system, complementing the lower-rate position references from GNSS and perception systems. For improved system fault-tolerance, Coursa Drive can provide decimeter position precision for short periods when the GNSS or perception systems are uncertain or unavailable.

The IIM-46234 and IIM-46230 products are available now for select early partners and customers. TDK will be demonstrating the new family along with the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of passive components, sensors, power supplies and batteries in its booth #11448 at CES, Central Hall (LVCC), Las Vegas Convention Center, January 7-10, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information please visit or send queries to


  • AV: Autonomous Vehicles
  • IMU: Inertial Measurement Unit
  • GPS: Global Positioning System
  • GNSS: Global Navigation Satellite System

Main applications

  • Construction machinery
  • Precision agriculture
  • Navigation
  • Platform stabilization
  • Robotics
  • Geo-referencing, mapping & surveying

Key features

  • Low bias instability and noise
  • Low offset and sensitivity variation over temperature
  • Factory calibration over temperature range for Bias, Sensitivity, misalignment, G-sensitivity
  • Robustness to shock and vibration
  • Triaxial, delta angle and delta velocity output
  • TDK proprietary SensorFT feature that delivers built-in redundancy and fault tolerance against individual sensor failures

Key data

Product IIM-46234 IIM-46230
Number of axes 6-axis IMU
(3-axis Gyroscope and 3-axis Accelerometer)
6-axis IMU
(3-axis Gyroscope and 3-axis Accelerometer)
Packaging Dimensions (mm) 23 mm x 23 mm x 8.5 mm 23 mm x 23 mm x 8.5 mm
Gyro Bias Instability 1.9°/hr 4.1°/hr
Factory calibration Offset, sensitivity (scale factor), G-sensitivity and cross-axis sensitivity Offset, sensitivity (scale factor), G-sensitivity and cross-axis sensitivity
Temperature range -40 to 85 °C -40 to 85 °C

 About TDK Corporation

TDK Corporation is a leading electronics company based in Tokyo, Japan. It was established in 1935 to commercialize ferrite, a key material in electronic and magnetic products. TDK’s comprehensive portfolio features passive components such as ceramic, aluminum electrolytic and film capacitors, as well as magnetics, high-frequency, and piezo and protection devices. The product spectrum also includes sensors and sensor systems such as temperature and pressure, magnetic, and MEMS sensors. In addition, TDK provides power supplies and energy devices, magnetic heads and more. These products are marketed under the product brands TDK, Chirp, EPCOS, InvenSense, Micronas, Tronics and TDK-Lambda. TDK focuses on demanding markets in the areas of information and communication technology and automotive, industrial and consumer electronics. The company has a network of design and manufacturing locations and sales offices in Asia, Europe, and in North and South America. In fiscal 2019, TDK posted total sales of USD 12.5 billion and employed about 105,000 people worldwide.

About InvenSense

InvenSense, Inc., a TDK Group company, is a world leading provider of MEMS sensor platforms. InvenSense’s vision of Sensing Everything® targets the consumer electronics and industrial areas with integrated Motion, Sound, and Ultrasonic solutions. InvenSense’s solutions combine MEMS (micro electrical mechanical systems) sensors, such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, compasses, microphones, and ultrasonic 3D-sensing with proprietary algorithms and firmware that intelligently process, synthesize, and calibrate the output of sensors, maximizing performance and accuracy. InvenSense’s motion tracking, ultrasonic, audio, fingerprint, location platforms and services can be found in Mobile, Wearables, Smart Home, Industrial, Automotive, and IoT products. InvenSense became part of the MEMS Sensors Business Group within the newly formed Sensor Systems Business Company of TDK Corporation in 2017. In February of 2018, Chirp Microsystems joined the InvenSense family through its acquisition by TDK.  InvenSense is headquartered in San Jose, California and has offices worldwide. For more information, go to

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